Outside Scholarships and Veterans Benefits

Outside Scholarships

Arthur E. Wallace Scholarship

This scholarship is in honor of Arthur E. Wallace and is given to a law student who has ties to Kern County. The scholarship committee is looking for a student who exemplifies the attributes of academic excellence, diligent work ethic, and kindness. A 500 word or less essay explaining why you chose law as a career and why you believe you exemplify the attributes that have caused Judge Wallace to be so greatly respected and admired will need to be submitted along with completed application.

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Amount: Varies

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Scholarship Program

MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) is currently accepting applications for our 2016-2017 MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program.  Since MALDEF's founding, the civil rights organization has supported the next generation of civil rights advocates for the Latinx community.  Every year, approximately 10-15 students are awarded scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each.

MALDEF's Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full time at an accredited United States law school.  Candidates intending to matriculate to law school in the fall of 2017 are also invited to apply.  Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most important, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latinx civil rights in their careers. For more information, please see the website.

Deadline: January 17, 2017

Amount: $2,500 - $5,000

Japanese American Bar Association 

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to offer five scholarships of $2,000 each.  Applications are currently being accepted from law students with a demonstrated commitment to community service, including but not limited to a commitment to serving the Japanese American community and/or the API community. Additional factors may include financial need, adversity, academic achievement, and desire to practice law in the Southern California area. For more information, please see the website.

Deadline: January 20, 2017

Amount: $2,000

California Bar Association 3L Diversity Scholarship

The California Bar Foundation believes every Californian deserves access to justice. As the center of philanthropy for California’s legal community, the Foundation works every day to build a better, more inclusive profession by investing in California’s next generation of lawyers. Since 1997, the Foundation has offered one of the few scholarship programs in the country providing bar exam-related support for law school graduates pursuing public interest careers.  Without the support of a private law firm employer, exam-related costs as well as living expenses while studying for the exam can add thousands of dollars to a law school graduate’s debt burden. Given that working in public interest is not as lucrative as the private sector, it can be even more challenging for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue and sustain public interest careers. This scholarship includes a BarBri Bar Exam Review Course and a cash living stipend. For more information, plese see the application.

Deadline: February 14, 2017

Amount: Varies

Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship

Accompanying this letter is the Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship Application.  Since 1980, La Raza Lawyers Association of Fresno (LRLA) has awarded scholarships to deserving law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership ability, involvement in the Latino community, financial need, and ties to California’s Central Valley.  Since 1991, the LRLA scholarships have been awarded in memory of the Honorable Superior Court Judge Mario G. Olmos, a Fresno County jurist and respected community leader who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1990 at the age of 43.  Judge Olmos epitomized the ideals of honor, courage, leadership, and public service through his achievements as a student, volunteer, lawyer and judge. For more information, please see the application.

Deadline: February 17, 2017

Amount: $1,000 - $3,000

Raiser & Kenniff Law School Scholarship

Raiser & Kenniff, a Los Angeles criminal defense law firm, believes in helping lawyers get the education they rightfully deserve, and need. We believe each student should be in control of his destiny. That begins with a proper education. It means, people like us – accomplished attorneys, giving back to students and helping them get an education and being able to forge their own path. Getting a higher education is the only way to succeed in life. Our attorneys want to help students by contributing funds from our salaries into the creation of a brand new scholarship for college students. For more information, please see the website

Deadline: February 20, 2017

Amount: $4,500 (renewable)

2017-2018 JVS Scholarship Program

The JVS Scholarship Program provides qualified Jewish students whose primary residence is in Los Angeles with need-based financial aid, in the belief that education represents the first step to career success. For more information, please see the website.

Deadline: March 15, 2017 (for renewal applicants) or March 31, 2017 (for new applicants)

Amount: Varies

2017 Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship

As a tribute to the memory of the late Associate Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, Fresno County Women Lawyers has established this scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by women law students. The Hanson Scholarship is an annual award to be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $2,000. For more information, please see the criteria and application

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Amount: $2,000

Hackard Law Scholarship

The Hackard Law 2017 Academic Scholarship is a $2,500 prize awarded to college and university students in the United States for awareness of elder issues in estate law. For more information, please see the website

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Amount: $2,500

Writing Competitions

Students can also win monetary prizes and a chance to be published through various writing competitions. Check the writing competitions web page for a list of opportunities.

Veterans Benefits

All School of Law programs are approved for veterans' benefits. Eligible students should contact their regional V.A. office.


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